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177 of 196 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Tracy's colorful quips and cheerleading helps people think in big, exciting terms. In the first three chapters, he quotes or cites himself, sales trainer Tom Hopkins, Mark McCormack, Victor Frankl (founder of logotherapy), Aristotle, Stanford University, billionaire H. L. Hunt, motivational speaker Zig Ziglar, Alexander Graham Bell, Eleanor Roosevelt, Buddy Hackett, Gary Zukav, James Allen, Edward Banfield, peak performer Charles Garfield, and Peter Drucker - an eclectic mix of anecdotes and attributions. But there is not much substance or structure. There are plenty of clichés like, "How do you eat an elephant?" Answer: "One bite at a time."
He is brief if a bit too cheerful. For example, in Chapter Six, "Decide your major definite purpose," his short paragraphs include headings like "Activate your Reticular Cortex," "Red Sports Car," "Achieve Financial Independence," "Keep Your Feet on the Ground," "Don't Sabotage Yourself," and "Be Willing to Pay the Price."
He recommends writing goals in the present tense but including a deadline, creating awkward conceptualizations of this sort: "I earn an average of $5,000 a month by December 31." You need to be persistent but flexible, full of dreams but also practical. Dependability is your most important trait but there are many others cited as important, key or critical: your ability to set goals and make plans, a sense of control, the practice of single handling, dedication, vision, visualization, e.g., "ability to visualize is perhaps the most important faculty that you possess."
His conclusions are twenty-one steps, which follow directly from his chapter titles, beginning with "Unlock your potential," "Take charge of your life," "Create your own future," and ending with "Unlock your inborn creativity," "Do something every day," and "Persist until you succeed." Perhaps you just need to read the conculsions.
The book is more about the subtitle "How to get everything you want - faster than you ever thought possible," than it is about goals, goal setting, or developing an enduring goal-setting strategy. There is plenty of stimulation for the unread and moving stories about the author's own path to success.
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100 of 111 people found the following review helpful
on June 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I think most people underestimate the value of goals. Most people know about goals, but how many people actually have written goals?
In this book, Brian Tracy offers a powerful program on how to set and reach your goals and in record time.
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87 of 96 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
You can't hit a target you can't see and you can't achieve a goal that you haven't set..properly. In this groundbreaking book, success trainer Brian Tracy show you how to achieve all the goals that you have set for yourself faster than you ever thought possible. Great stuff.
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113 of 127 people found the following review helpful
on February 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
How important is goal setting? According to success expert Brian Tracy, your ability to set and achieve goals will determine your success and happiness than any skill you can ever learn!
You can't hit a target that you can't see. The starting point of great success is when you sit down and decide exactly what you really want, in every area of your life. This book by Brian Tracy will show you how to do this better and faster than you ever dreamed possible.
Goals will show you how to step on the accelerator of your own life. In this fast moving, practical, and informative book, Brian Tracy shares with you the results of 30 years of research and experience in setting and achieving goals.
In Goals: How To Get Everything You Want - Faster Than You Ever Thought Possible you will learn the most complete abd most effective goal-achieving techniques ever created. In this outstanding book, Brian Tracy takes you through a simple, proven step-by-step system that you can use immediately to achieve anything you really want to in life.
I highly recommend this great new book by Brian Tracy to help you achieve any realistic goal that you are willing to work towards. This system works. Try it.
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58 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Brian Tracy presents a simple, powerful yet effecive system for setting and achieving goals. Methods that have already worked for over a million people.By following and applying the 21 strategies that Tracy outlines, you'll be able to achieve any goals that you set for yourself, no matter how big.I also recommend Create Your Own Future: How To Master the 12 Critical Factors of Unlimited Success.
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93 of 104 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This truly the ultimate goals program. I have tried many other gaols type programs, nothing has worked as well as the advice herein by Brian Tracy.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book shows you exactly how to set and achieve goals. I have read all of Brian Tracy's books and this is the best. This book compliments my favorite book of all time, Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self by Dr. Rosalene Glickman. As a result of Brian Tracy's endorsement, I picked up Optimal Thinking and now make the most of my thinking, my feelings, my business, may relationships and every situation. Thank you Mr. Tracy!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on August 6, 2003
Format: Hardcover
I am very familiar with Brian Tracys' writings in the area of achievement, selling and success. I found this book compelling and not to be read quickly as I wanted to actually mull over every paragraph. I am a network marketer working from home and I found the right now sense of urgency focus of the book to be what I needed to to re-focus on achieving results through a process. This is not the type of book that you read and forget about days, weeks or months after reading it. This is the type of book that you will find the need to mark, highlight reflect and meditate on. Each chapter keeps you coming back for more. The information gives you a systematic manner to achieve results right away. It makes you want to employ the ideas and concepts in the book. My library is filled with great motivation and success material from many other leading authors. This book by far if I was forced to give up all others would be one that I would have to keep. Since getting less than half way through the book, I have already begun to really take action and do what Mr. Tracy says to do, and I am actually seeing positive results that I can measure.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
I have to chuckle when I read reviews that state this is "Cheerful Coaching: sort of like a nice way of saying "Feel Good Junk." While there are motivators inside the book, this is much more than just "cheerful coaching" "cheerleading" or "feel good stuff."

Clearly, Brian Tracy is a big thinker. How do you suppose he rose to the level of success he enjoys today? Some folks refer to big thinking as not being realistic. These are the people who need this book the most.

Referring to the reticular activator which some folks poke fun at, this was the creation of Napolean Hill. Hill even referred to it as "Norm Hill." Norm being is wifes maiden name and Hill of course being his name. Napolean Hill was famous for predicting that he could find a parking place right in front of any building that he was going to anytime and everytime. He did it by using the reticular activator and according to the story, Napolean did do it everytime. In one case, Hill was on his way to a bank with a friend and this was on a Friday afternoon during the busiest time of the day. Hills friend indicated that there would be no way that Hill would find a parking place right in front of the bank.

As Hill pulled up to the bank, clearly there were no spaces open. His friend says "See!" Hill tells his friend to hold on a minute and sure enough someone walks out of the bank and drives off while another person pulls out of the same area.

Hill tells his friend that he was getting a two-for. One was because he predicted there would be a spot open and two for doubting Norm Hill (the reticular activator)

I have used this myself and it works, BUT...only when you believe in it.

In Goals, Tracy unveils 21 strategies to help you reach whatever goals you want to achieve. The book is 300 pages and is the most comphrehensive course on setting and achievingg oals that I have ever seen. This is not a one time read and put aside. It is a course that you willw ant to review again and again. In fact one of Brian Tracy's secrets is to write and rewrite your goals every day, first thing in the morning. Another secret is daily visualization of those goals. (Chapter 16)

Overall, another winner for Brian Tracy and maybe his best book. I would like to end by stating one of Brian Tracy's favorite phrases and that is that setting goals is hard, hard work and this why so few people do it.

Good luck and I hope you reach all of your goals.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
With all due respect, your review reads like you listened to the abridged tapes. Same points and no mention of the other meatier material that is in the book. Nothing wrong with listening to an abridged version of tapes, I do it myself, as long as you clarify.

And with all due respect, I think you send out the wrong message by referring to Brian Tracy as a pumper "Cheerful Coaching" instead of a trainer. And I really don't understand what you mean when you say this book is more about how to get everything you want than achieving goals. Isn't that what goals are, getting what you want?

I suggest that you read the book thoroughly and then perhaps come back and write another review that is more accurate and appropiate for man of Mr. Tracy's standard.
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